For their final week of the 2013-14 regular season...the Wolves had kicked their game into high gear and ended it with a 6-0 shutout against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday April 19th in front of a crowd of 12,013. The Lake Erie Monsters had defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins in a shootout that night also. Grand Rapids was two points ahead of Chicago and for 167 days they had held the division title...but with their shootout loss, and the Wolves win, the Wolves went on to capture the Midwest Division crown and first place.
After a scoreless first period, the Wolves right wing Sebastian Wannstrom, back on the ice again since sustaining an injury March 23, opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 3 minutes and 52 seconds of the second period. Center Keith Aucoin claimed the puck in the neutral zone and threaded it ahead to Sebastian for a breakaway that concluded with him deking Milwaukee goalie Scott Darling and nudging a forehand shot across the line.
Chicago's right wing Ty Rattie scored his 30th goal of the season at 8 minutes and 24 seconds when he blocked a pass from the point by a Milwaukee defenseman, chased the puck down the right wing boards and launched a wrister over Darling's glove to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead. The goal was unassisted.
Ty then scored another goal with 35.4 seconds left in the second period. Center Christian Hanson carried the puck into the Milwaukee zone down the right boards, and he spotted Ty skating down the slot and fed him for a shot through Darling's five hole. Second assist to Tyler Shattock.
Chicago's forward Eric Selleck gave the Wolves a 4-0 lead with a shot from the left wing boards that eluded Darling at 2 minutes and 51 seconds of the third period. Assist to Sebastian Wannstrom. Wolves forward Michael Davies extended the Wolves lead to 5-0 at 8 minutes and 47 seconds when he roofed shot over Darlings left hand. Assist to Shane Harper. As less than 6 minutes were left to play in regulation, Chicago's Eric Selleck added his second of the night as he lifted a rebound over Darlings leg. Assists to Nathan Longpre and Jani Hakanpaa.
Wolves goalie Jake Allen stood tall to become the second AHL goalie in 30 seasons to lead the league in wins (33), goals against average (2.03) and save percentage (.928). Earlier in the night, Jake had been presented with an award for goalie of the year.
The Wolves will face the Rochester Americans for the Calder Cup playoffs in round one.
Shots on goal
Chicago 38 Milwaukee 20
Allen (Chicago) 20 of 20 Darling (Milwaukee) 32 of 38